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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the festivals and events celebrated in Jaisalmer?

Vaishali Singh DEC 10 2012
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Aren’t festivals a time of joy, energy, colour, celebration and unlimited fun? Trust an old hand, there is no better time to travel to a city that the time of its festivals! These are the times when the traditional wear is pulled out and the place is decked in all its kaleidoscopic fineries! Famous festivals and events of Jaisalmer are:

  • Desert Festival

    Unique to the Golden City, the Desert Festival is a celebration of all that Jaisalmer symbolises. From majestic elephants adorned with paintings and colours to women dressed in traditional jewels performing folk dances like Kalbeliya and Ghoomar and from Puppets depicting ballads of love and bravery to the high pitched song of a Rajasthani boy, this is the time when you can experience it all first hand. Managed by the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation, this event showcases the true colours of Rajasthan, which are slowly being lost to the advent of modernity.

    When: 3 days in January
    Where: Sam Sand Dunes, Jaisalmer
    Who is invited: Everyone!
  • Gangaur Festival

    If you land up in Rajasthan and find all the women dressed in magentas and fuchsias, know that you have arrived at the time of the Gangaur Festival. While Gana  is another name for Lord Shiva, Gaur stands for Gauri, his wife Goddess Parvati. This 18 day festival is celebrated in Rajasthan in the month of March by the womenfolk: the married ones seek marital bliss and those who are unmarried pray for good husbands. While the first few days see worship, song, dance and lamp lighting, the last day is marked by a procession. Idols of Lord Shiva and Parvati decorated during these days are immersed into a water body after this.

    When: 18 days that usually fall in March.
    Where: In and around Jaisalmer
    Who is invited: Women from everywhere

  • Holi

    Equally excitedly celebrated is the festival of Holi in Jaisalmer, as fun, frolic and colours rule the order of the day. In the month of Phalgun according to the Hindu calendar, the festival brings alive the city with color of joy and love. People engage in putting powdered colour to each other’s faces, water games and enjoy the sweet Gujiya and Thandai. The spirited and young at heart can also try the Bhaang pakoras and lassi to take the fun factor of a vacation to an all new level!

    When: Usually Mid Marchd
    Where: All over Jaisalmer
    Who is invited: Those who don't mind colours and water

Come to Jaisalmer when it is in one of its festive moods to experience the city in a completely novel manner! Colour your memories in the vibrant hues of Rajasthan and rest assured, you have had one of the best holidays of a lifetime!

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